Water Wise Watch: September 2019

This month at Water Wise

Tshepiso Community Workshop

One of Water Wise's mandate is to educate different stakeholders (internal and external) on water conservation and how this knowledge can be cascaded into daily activities at home or at work. Amongst other things, Water Wise strives to fulfill its social and environmental responsibilities by offering free training on vegetable gardening to communities. In return, the vegetable gardens will help feed people in our communities, open possible trading opportunities, and improve the environment. Water Wise held a two-day (15 - 16 August 2019) vegetable gardening workshop at Tshepiso in Emfuleni Municipality. The workshop was attended by youth and elderly people from the community. Water Wise facilitators covered the following topics:
  • Preparing the soil
  • Seed sowing and transplanting
  • Watering
  • Mulch and compost application
  • Crop rotation and companion planting
  • Fertilizer application
  • Hydro-zoning
  • Pests, pathogens and weed control
  • Alien invasive species
  • Harvesting and storage of vegetables and fruits
  • How to read a water meter
  • Tree planting

Images above: Water Wise facilitators giving a lesson on vegetable gardening (top left and top right); Tree planting practical session with community members (bottom left and bottom right).

Water Wise Events

On 14 August 2019, Water Wise attended the South African Nursery Association (SANA) annual trade fair in Midrand, Gauteng. The Water Wise team had a hydro-zone display garden depicting different plants that can be included in each hydro-zone. Hydro-zoning is the grouping of plants with similar watering needs in the same bed, by implementing this, one is able to save a lot of water. Types of hydro-zones:

  • No water use zone: Consist of plants that can survive without being watered, these plants are mostly dependent on the rain.
  • Low water use zone: Consist of plants that require less watering.
  • Moderate water use zone: Consist of plants that require moderate watering.
  • High water use zone: Consist of plants that require a lot of watering.

Images above: Water Wise hydro-zone display garden (top left) and Water Wise team members engaging with visitors (top right, bottom left and bottom right).

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Celebrating Environmental Campaigns in September

South Africa (SA) is known for its beautiful shorelines that attract tourist from all over the world. However, under our oceans lies decades of non-biodegradable litter ranging from plastics, cans, steel and other materials. Approximately 70% of ocean litter is derived from inland waste that has been washed into the ocean during rainy seasons, or left near the shores by people. Pollution in and around the ocean is also caused by poor waste management principles and not only does it affect the aesthetic appearance of the coastal and marine areas, but aquatic animals are dying as a result of this debris. In an attempt to eradicate issues surrounding pollution in SA, the local plastic industry has initiated a Clean-up and Recycle campaign that is also supported by various packaging industries, retailers, provisional government, local government, environmental organisations, businesses, schools, and communities. The campaign has seen about 120 000 volunteers joining in every year to clean up roads, rivers, schools, residential and illegal dumping areas. If you want to get involved in any of the above mentioned clean-up campaigns happening in and around your area please click on the below links:

Environmental Days and Public Holidays 

16 September: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

16 September - 21 September: Clean-up and Recycle South Africa Week

20 September: Recycling Day South Africa

21 September: International Coastal Clean-up Day

21 September: Internal Day of Peace and Zero Emissions Day

22 September: World Rhino Day

Water and environmental news
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Area in Mpumalanga is second highest SO2

"In the lastest study to illustrate alarmingly high levels of air pollution caused by humans, the area around Kriel in Mpumalanga is now the..."

Consider the environment when expanding your farm
"Obtaining environmental authorisation with the help of technical consultants prior to expanding farming operations on virgin soil will help farmers avoid prosecution that could lead to hefty fines or even jail time..."
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Health warning after caustic soda spills into Duzi River and Inanda Dam
"The eThekwini Municipality has warned that people and cattle should not use or drink water from the Inanda Dam after caustic soda from a factory..."

SA's plastic recycling efforts reaping massive benefits
"South Africa continues to make remarkable strides in its PET plastic recycling efforts, with a 6% increase on 2017 figures of 93235 tons of poly- ethylene terephthalate..."

 

Zwartkopjies weather

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